Saturday, June 20, 2009

I dedicate Father's Day to my Mom

I've been thinking about fathers and Father's Day a lot this week... thanks, Hallmark.

My parents divorced when I was 10 and that was back in the days when divorce for the man could mean "I'm outta here." There was no every-other-weekend sleepover and Wednesday-trips-for-ice-cream.

He was gone. But even when I think about the early days, I don't remember any Father's Days. I'm sure we must have celebrated sometime. I must have drawn a homemade card, bought a tie. Must have.

What I do remember was a Mom who was always there. Thick-and-thin. Never missed a day of work. Dinner on the table every night.

My Mom taught us most of what we needed to know .. mostly by example. And what she couldn't get to, we picked up along the way. Education was prized. College assumed. Family sacred.

Back then, people called what we had a 'broken home'. But there was nothing broken about it. All our needs were met. Love was in abundance.

I have three brothers. Each of them has a daughter and a son .. and a marriage. My brothers are loved beyond their wildest dreams and will be treated like kings this Father's Day weekend, as they should be.

Happy Father's Day to my brothers! They deserve it.

But I dedicate this Father's Day to my Mom. As we said back then, my mom was both Mom and Dad.

Happy Father's Day, Mom.

RobinJP, Tempe

And here is the rest of it.


Kaitlin said...

Moms who raise kids alone really do deserve to be celebrated two days instead of just one.

Debbie said...

what a great post!! thanks for stopping by my blog!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful. So powerfully written and so much raw truth and emotion.
Thank you....thank you for this post.

MindyMom said...

Great post, and I agree that single moms deserve a special day of their own!

Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could come here and read this.

Miss Blondie said...

Great post, thanks for stopping by my blog.

I always say that since I am both mom and dad, father's day is for me too!!

Mocha Dad said...

My mom also raised me alone and I appreciate everything that she did for me.

Pierre Radulescu said...

Thank you for posting this. And God bless your Mom!

Lori Lavender Luz said...

I can tell so much about your mom as a parent just by knowing you.

She did a fanTAStic job.

Lovely tribute.

Mama Melissa said...

I just LOVE this!!!! Sorry I didn't stop by this weekend, I was busy with family stuff... but I *did* think of the day as an extra day for this single Mom!! :)

I really love how you dedicated father's day to your mom.


~Thought's By Dena~/ JDs Gift Shack said...

love this post!!! I had to do the mom and dad thing too...I now have a man in my life but two of my kiddos are grown and in I understand being both.....Im sure your mom found this tribute to be so touching!!! Anyway first time to your blog and wanted to say HELLO!!!

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